Legion Run to conquer Philippines in 2017

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A unique fun yet challenging obstacle race designed to test not only one’s physical fitness and ability but also foster team spirit will make its local debut next year in Greenfield City in Laguna.

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Dubbed the Legion Run, the one-of-a-kind outdoor race, set March 4, 2017, features a 5km team-oriented run with 20-plus obstacles that will include elements of mud, fire, ice and barbed wire all throughout the course.

Participants will try to hurdle these challenges by jumping, climbing and crawling trenches, tunnels, 20-feet high walls, net climbs and other surprises.

Legion Run founder Thomas Lahav (right) stresses a point as race organizer Marge Patena looks on during the media launch of the novel obstacle event at the Greenfield District in Mandaluyong recently. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Legion Run founder Thomas Lahav (right) stresses a point as race organizer Marge Patena looks on during the media launch of the novel obstacle event at the Greenfield District in Mandaluyong recently. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

But the key element of the race is its non-competitive nature with the run staged to overcome personal challenges not just for extreme athletes, sports buffs and the like but for everybody.

“We wanted to bring an obstacle course that will be open to everybody. Not just for those in CrossFit, fitness buffs or competitive people. We wanted the old guys, the fit and the unfit to compete together against themselves,” said Legion Run founder Tom Lahav during the launch of the event at the Greenfield District in Mandaluyong City recently.

Held for the first time here, the Legion Run is an international event, which has had successful staging in France, Italy, Poland, Greece, Israel and Bulgaria, among others.

The first event in Asia will be held in January 2017 in Malaysia.

Meanwhile, online listup starts today (Tuesday, Nov. 15) and will run till Feb. 24, 2017 while the event’s registration partner is Gold’s Gym at Muñoz Waltermart, Katipunan, Galleria, Bonifacio Global City and Glorietta 4.

Fee is pegged at P1,500 for online early birds (from Nov. 15-Dec. 15) while rate for Dec. 16-Feb. 24 entries will be P2,000 for online and prepaid cards through registration partner. Those who will join on event day on March 4, 2017 will be charged P2,500.

Race organizer Marge Patena of Ignite Philippines said they expect close to 5,000 participants to join the event, named after the famous French Foreign Legion, a unit of the French Army composed of recruits from all around Europe and other parts of the world.

“It’s not the usual run we stage. We’re bringing something for runners to try something different. This is something new for the Philippines,” said Patena.

The whole course will be tested at least 16 times to ensure safety among the participants in the event which the organizers describe as an “experience of a lifetime.”

For details on the Legion Run, follow its social media accounts in Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/legionrun or https://www.facebook.com/IgnitePhilippinesInc and Instagram, email at philippines@legionrun.com.

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